February 27, 2008
Dan Ariely from MIT has a great new book out : Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions :: check out his blog at Predictably / Irrational
February 25, 2008
came across a passage in fernando pessoa's Erostratus: The Search For Immortality that i thought would be good to share (personally i think this applies to much more than poetry) ::
"A great emotion is too selfish; it takes into itself all the blood of the spirit, and the congestion leaves the hands too cold to write. Three sorts of emotion produce great poetry - strong but quick emotions, seized upon for art as soon as they have passed, but not before they have passed; strong and deep emotions in their remembrance along time after; and false emotions, that is to say, emotions felt in the intellect. Not insincerity, but a translated sincerity, is the basis of all art."
February 21, 2008
A wonderful photo series by Kent Rogowski of stuffed animals turned inside out.
February 20, 2008
along the same lines - this time a video from the TED talk series:
Stuff White People Like :: a satirical look at race :: although in my mind not as funny or clever as Jonah and Chelsea Peretti's classic site from back in the day :: Black People Love Us! :: in both cases, however, some of the most interesting reading is in the reaction from audience...
February 19, 2008
a remarkable piece of cut/stenciled paper animation
Love him or hate him, Lawrence Lessig shows us how to endorse a candidate with a 20 minute reasoned appeal for obama :: quite refreshing in the midst of the mindless muck
February 15, 2008
I'm sure many of you have played this...i actually wound up buying it, which i don't recommend unless you want to dream about zapping colored balls. I think the sound effects are what draw me in. God help you...Zuma
Mao offered U.S. 10 million women :: "we will have to study it"
do they glue the glasses down for this sort of thing? amazing ::
February 14, 2008
beautifully shot film ::
the voice actors from Spongebob do Casablanca ::
February 13, 2008
February 11, 2008
RNC: Valentine's Day Cards :: please donate to the RNC so they can buy a sense of humor :: i think we should take a stab at this art form: the crappy anti democratic valentine :: here's mine ::
roses are red
violets are blue
hillary is bad
bad baddy boo
on valentine's day :: seasonal moment to rehash old content ::
The Room :: i was told about this movie recently, but have not had a chance to see it. supposedly it is legendary in its awfulness, to the point that there is a weekly rocky horror style cult screening in LA. have any of you seen it?
jay grandin brings us a strangely dirty/erotic/gross/sweet valentines day video ::
February 6, 2008
doing a fun little project at the moment - which i hope to share with you soon...be back in full swing (or at least the current version of full swinging) next week.
February 1, 2008
in case you haven't seen this :: another installation from improv everywhere :: Frozen Grand Central :: a really fun project, and an excellent job documenting it.
A few years back i taught a class at NYU/ITP called the Creative Act. Participants were asked to create something every day of the week (including holidays and weekends) on a variety of themes. Some of my former students have resurrected that process at Thing-a-day.com, and have invited people to sign up for the month of February. This year nearly 800 people are participating - posting daily updates on activities ranging from cooking to knitting to painting to writing. Check it out and cheer them on!